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Palin Is Distant Second in GOP Match-Ups with Huckabee, Romney
Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 19, 2009 | Rasmussen Reports

Posted on 10/19/2009 7:48:35 AM PDT by DanZanRyu

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s forthcoming autobiography has been at the top of the Amazon book charts for weeks, and it hasn’t even been released yet. At least in the eyes of the political Left, she is now perhaps America’s most visible national Republican.

But new Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveying finds Palin losing handily in face-to-face march-ups with her two likeliest challengers for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Among likely Republican primary voters, Palin now trails former Arkansas governor-turned-Fox-TV-host Mike Huckabee by 20 points – 55% to 35%.

When her opponent is ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Palin loses by 15 – 52% to 37%.

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When given a list of five candidates and asked who they would vote for in 2012, 29% of Republican voters nationwide say Huckabee, while 24% prefer Romney and 18% Palin.

In July, it was close to a three-way tie: 25% said Romney, 24% Palin and 22% Huckabee.

It’s noteworthy that Huckabee’s gains since July are matched almost precisely by Palin’s decline. That suggests a large pool of voters are committed to choosing between two candidates routinely dismissed as unacceptable in the eyes of Republicans in Washington, DC. At the moment, 47% prefer either Huckabee or Palin while 42% prefer a candidate more acceptable to Republican political leaders. That divide is also reflected, with similar results, in a Huckabee-Romney head to head match-up.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of primary voters also say Palin is the GOP candidate they would least like to see win the party’s presidential nomination. Just nine percent (9%) say the same of Romney, and eight percent (8%) feel that way about Huckabee.

Support for Huckabee and Romney against Palin is nearly the same among both men and women. Suggesting that Romney’s Mormon faith may still be a problem among some Christian conservatives, Palin leads him by 14 points – 52% to 38% - among GOP primary voters who describe themselves as Evangelical Christians. But Romney beats Palin by 26 points among other Protestants – 58% to 32% - and holds similar winning margins among Catholic voters and those of other faiths.

On the other hand, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, beats Palin by 17 points among Evangelical Christians and 29 points among other Protestants. A similar spread is evident among Republican voters of other faiths, but Huckabee has just an eight-point edge over Palin among Catholic voters.

Earlier polling showed that Palin trails Hillary Clinton in a general election match-up.

In early July, 40% of Republican voters nationwide said Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurt her chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2012.


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1 posted on 10/19/2009 7:48:36 AM PDT by DanZanRyu
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To: DanZanRyu; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Diogenesis; ejonesie22

Romney is disgusting.


2 posted on 10/19/2009 7:49:18 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: rabscuttle385

Huck... Romney ... Anyone wanna go FISHING with me?


3 posted on 10/19/2009 7:50:47 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (I will DIE with Israel BY MY SIDE, rather than LIVE with the CHAINS of ISLAM on my Back!)
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To: DanZanRyu

reckon I’ll have to bite the bullet and pull the lever for the Romulan then...cannot tolerate the squirrel fryer.


4 posted on 10/19/2009 7:50:51 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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To: DanZanRyu
Support for Huckabee and Romney against Palin is nearly the same among both men and women. Suggesting that Romney’s Mormon faith may still be a problem among some Christian conservatives, Palin leads him by 14 points – 52% to 38% - among GOP primary voters who describe themselves as Evangelical Christians.

What crap. What is suggest is Evangelical Christians vote for someone who shares their values.

5 posted on 10/19/2009 7:51:43 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: DanZanRyu

Romney is a fake conservative & fake Christian.

Palin is a failed conservative & failed Christian.

Huckabee is an accomplished conservative & stellar Christian.


6 posted on 10/19/2009 7:51:44 AM PDT by DanZanRyu
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To: DanZanRyu

What an effort to derail The Palin Express!!!


7 posted on 10/19/2009 7:51:55 AM PDT by GregB (Come on one and all hop on the Palin Express!!)
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To: DanZanRyu

Rasmussen is disgusting.


8 posted on 10/19/2009 7:52:08 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: gwilhelm56

Only if it’s fishing...with political dynamite.


9 posted on 10/19/2009 7:52:12 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: DanZanRyu

Prove Palin is all that you say???


10 posted on 10/19/2009 7:52:57 AM PDT by GregB (Come on one and all hop on the Palin Express!!)
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To: DanZanRyu

If this is how it shakes out, we’re doomed.


11 posted on 10/19/2009 7:53:46 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: DanZanRyu

Romney and Huck are what is wrong with the party.


12 posted on 10/19/2009 7:53:50 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: DanZanRyu

I hope the following run for the Repub nomination in 2012:

Mike Pence
Eric Cantor
Paul Ryan
John Thune
Mike Huckabee
Mitt Romney
Mitch Daniels
John Hoeven (my favorite dark horse)
Haley Barbour
Tim Pawlenty
Bobb Jindal (#1 on all the above’s VP list)


13 posted on 10/19/2009 7:54:43 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: rabscuttle385

Remember how Rudy’s large lead disappeared at the primary season began. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.


14 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:19 AM PDT by sono (We already pay farmers not to farm. Why can’t we pay legislators not to legislate?)
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To: DanZanRyu

“40% of Republican” voters nationwide said Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurt her chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. ...................................Had to be RINOs!! Most if not all my Republican friends love her. I don’t buy into this at all. Huckleberry or Romney = no change, just the same ole same ole BS in DC.


15 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:50 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (DON'T BLAME ME I VOTED FOR "PALIN"!)
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To: DanZanRyu

If those polls are true then the republicans have been brain washed by the democrats.. pity..


16 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:55 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: DanZanRyu

Romney is NOT a Republican.


17 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:01 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: DanZanRyu

I don’t believe Palin will run as a Republican


18 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:14 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (The only time I want a Republican reaching across the aisle is to smack a liberal.)
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To: meandog

...cannot tolerate the squirrel fryer.

Hell no , you ever tried to eat fried squirrel?
Now stewed, that’s another story.

Quite frankly, every time I see that picture of
the Huck family , I’m reminded of the people that
lived underground in the movie, “A boy and his dog.”.


19 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:19 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DanZanRyu

“Among likely Republican primary voters, Palin now trails former Arkansas governor-turned-Fox-TV-host Mike Huckabee by 20 points – 55% to 35%.”

Huckafraud will NOT be the nominee. If he is, I WILL vote for him but he won’t be. Okay? Please God? Not him?


20 posted on 10/19/2009 7:57:10 AM PDT by Grunthor (Thank YOU George Bush, for giving us the GOP of today!)
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